My wife and I are moving to Toronto this summer!

Hey all, some huge news here. My wife and I are moving to Toronto this summer!

It’s difficult to predict what this will mean for In Retrospect, but an international move is, as I am sure you can imagine, a lot of work, so it’s probably safe to say that it will push back the release date a bit. If you have been following In Retrospect for long enough, another pushed back release date won’t be any kind of surprise though, lol.

With that said, I have been making serious progress on the game! I’ve been using a lot of feedback from the demo especially to enact some big changes (like adding checkpoints!), as well as polishing up a lot of smaller things. At this point pretty much all of the planned assets are finished, and the story mode is more or less finished as well.

So what is left? Good question, maybe writing this blog post will help me straighten that out in my head. Some things that still need to be completed:

  • Some minor polishing up of some graphical assets
  • Some minor polishing up of the story mode stages
  • Making the story mode stages playable in the challenge mode (probably broken up into smaller packages in some form)
  • Adding around 15-20 more mini stages for the challenge mode (this shouldn’t be TOO bad, each one usually only takes me 2-3 sessions of work to complete)
  • Adding in some of the various planned game settings
  • Fixing up the few known bugs at the moment
  • Testing, testing, testing… which of course leads to discovering more bugs, so fixing those up as well!

I want to say that is it, but can it really be it? I have to be forgetting something, right?! But no, I think this is it. I may actually finish this game in the foreseeable future!

But as for the immediate future, it’s time to pack…

In Retrospect, the musical action platformer I’m developing, has a new demo for PC / Mac. Try it out!

Hey all! I made another demo for my game, In Retrospect.

Get it on Steam (PC) | Get it on Itch (PC / Mac) – Don’t forget to wishlist it!

Features:
• Craft your own story and gameplay based on which collectibles you focus on! Health, wealth, love, education, creativity, or spirituality? What direction will your life take?
• Music and gameplay synchronicity! Every stage has its own song that often syncs with the gameplay!
• Do more than just run! Swim, walk, fall, and ride on and in things!
• Custom button system grants special moves and power-ups, and every stage introduces a new button to explore!
• Over 100 different platforms, enemies and hazards! There is always something new to see!
• Leaderboards! Compete in over 30 challenge stages for the top spots!
• And much, much more!

Try it out and give me whatever feedback you want! Good, bad, neutral, you name it!

Also, add In Retrospect on social media / etc.:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Soundcloud

In Retrospect, the musical action platformer I’m developing, has a new demo for PC / Mac. Try it out!

Hey all! I made another demo for my game, In Retrospect.

Get it on Steam (PC)Get it on Itch (PC / Mac) – Don’t forget to wishlist it!

Features:
• Craft your own story and gameplay based on which collectibles you focus on! Health, wealth, love, education, creativity, or spirituality? What direction will your life take?
• Music and gameplay synchronicity! Every stage has its own song that often syncs with the gameplay!
• Do more than just run! Swim, walk, fall, and ride on and in things!
• Custom button system grants special moves and power-ups, and every stage introduces a new button to explore!
• Over 100 different platforms, enemies and hazards! There is always something new to see!
• Leaderboards! Compete in over 30 challenge stages for the top spots!
• And much, much more!

Try it out and give me whatever feedback you want! Good, bad, neutral, you name it!

Also, add In Retrospect on social media / etc.:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Soundcloud

Help me playtest my new demo for In Retrospect! It’s almost finished and I need some real feedback!

Hey all!

Believe it or not, In Retrospect, my nearly 7 years in the making musical action platformer / runner game, is nearing completion! It might even release this year! (More likely is next year, but I’m trying to be optimistic.) I need to get some serious feedback before I can finalize some things and pull the trigger on a release.

So try out my new demo! It has 4 “story” stages and 4 “challenge” stages (and the challenge stages have leaderboards, so you can compete against other NWers for the top spots!) The demo story mode will probably take most people 15-30 minutes to complete. The challenge stages add another 5-10 minutes or so, if you only play them once.

There are two places you can access the demo, Steam and Itch. (If you have do not have a Steam account, anyone can access the Itch demo without an account.)

Demo on Steam (click the “Download Demo” button on the right-side menu a bit down the page, launch through Steam)
Demo on Itch (click the “Download” button near the bottom of the page, unzip the file, and click the .exe to launch)

And if you REALLY love me, you will fill out this short feedback form after playing through the 4 story mode stages (or giving up, if you can’t finish them.) And also get a screenshot (or at least copying down the information) of the screen you see when finishing the story mode (you can also access it at any time in the main menu under “STATISTICS” if you forget to screenshot it when finishing the story mode.)

Feedback Form

But even if you don’t do the form, you can add your feedback here. The main things I am looking for feedback on:

1. Any bugs you may find
2. Any unclear or confusing parts
3. Whether the default difficulty in the story mode feels right, and whether the difficulty feels like it progresses stage to stage

But really, any feedback is appreciated!

Thanks in advance to anyone who helps me out here, and let me know if you have any questions about anything!

Got very far into the player cape development, probably going to scrap it

It’s a tough decision to scrap something after you put so much work into it, but this cape thing ended up being a much bigger project than I originally intended, and I really need to finish this game one of these days.

The problem with making an animated cape is that it really needs to be a lot more reactive than a basic player animation.  Honestly, the best way to do this would probably be changing the cape animations based on physics, but I don’t have anything that complicated set up, so I am currently changing the cape animations based on changes to the player animations.

BUT… It’s not that simple.  For instance, there are currently several different actions where the player has the same jump animation… a regular jump, shooting off the high jump button, falling off of something, bouncing off of something, being caught in a wind stream (up or down), etc.  Sometimes the player is moving up, sometimes down, sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly, sometimes up a short time then down, sometimes up a long time then down, sometimes coming into a fall from a jump, sometimes from a float, sometimes from hitting an enemy, etc.  A single cape animation simply does not work for all of these different contexts.  Often it won’t even be hanging in the right direction.

That’s just one example, albeit the most complicated one.

So I’ve had to make a lot of cape animations, and a lot of small transition cape animations to get from context X to context Y, etc.  Already the cape is by far the largest animation sheet with the most animations right now.  Which also means that a lot of the animations are currently a bit wonky looking, since I made many of them in a short amount of time and haven’t had the time or energy to go back and clean them all up yet.

The TLDR is that it’s been a ton of work and it is tough to really get the cape flowing the right way for all cases.  I think I have it more or less playing acceptable animations correctly for 90% of cases, but it’s those edge cases that are tough to figure out, and require some deep dives into the code and really understanding exactly what is happening with the player at any given moment.  And even once I got decent cape animations set up for all possible contexts, it would still take a lot of work to go over the many animations and make them look good.  I know I could do it to my own level of satisfaction eventually, but is it really worth the time and energy?

Maybe not.

Anyway, below is a quick video to show you where I left off.  You can see some places where it isn’t really using a good animation for the context (running up hills in the start, in the wind streams, etc.) and you can also see how sloppy some of the animations are even when the cape is in more or less the right place for the context.

I’m not sure if I’m going to totally scrap the cape idea yet, because I love it in theory, but I’m at least going to put it aside for now.  Much more important things to be working on at the moment, and I don’t want to get caught up in stuff that isn’t helping get this game finished.

 

 

Who knew planning a wedding was so much work?

Well, I’m getting married.  Actually that is kind of old news at this point, the engagement was last year.  But the wedding planning has started in seriousness this year, and oh boy, it’s a pretty huge project!  Especially if you are like my fiance and I and basically want to do everything yourselves in your own creative ways.

So, to be quite honest, the game has taken the back burner for a bit.  I’m still working on it but between my day job and wedding planning it has been tough to find the time and energy for it.

What I have found time for is to is work on the main character design again.  I never really finalized a main character design that I liked in the past, so I made a sort of abstract character as a placeholder.  I decided to go back to old designs though and tweak them a bit, bringing back the helmet but adding stars on the glass of the helmet (which look pretty cool when it animates but I’ll save that for another update) and I think I’m finally falling upon something that I’m happier with.  Oh, and I’m adding a cape (VERY much still a work-in-progress) because why not, capes are cool.

in-retrospect-main-char-redesign

I’ll try to keep things updated regularly but there may not be a ton to say until after June 22nd when I can dive back into this much deeper again.

No big update this time

Just checking in at the start of the new year to let you know that yes, development is still proceeding well and a 2019 release is still the plan. Will post soon with a more detailed update.